US Under-23s to play Mexico in Olympic tune-up in Texas

US Under-23 head coach Caleb Porter

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US Soccer announced on Wednesday that the US Under-23 team will face their counterparts from Mexico later this month as a crucial tune-up before men's Olympic qualifying tournament begins in March.

The US and Mexico will face off on Feb. 29 at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas, at 10 pm ET.

The US U-23s will convene in Frisco on Feb. 19 to train in preparation for the match. US U-23 head coach Caleb Porter is expected to name his roster in the near future.

"This game is very important for our players and comes at a critical time for us before the start of Olympic qualifying," Porter said in a statement. "In this camp, we expect to have the majority of the players who are in contention for final roster spots for qualifying. A match against Mexico will serve as a great measuring stick both individually and collectively as we put the finishing touches on our roster selection."

CONCACAF Olympic qualifying begins on March 22, with Group A games being played at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn., and Group B games at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The US were drawn into Group A with Canada, Cuba and El Salvador, while Group B is composed of Mexico, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago.

The US and Mexico U-23s could face each other in the elimination rounds of qualifying if one team finishes first in its group with the other team in second place in its group. Should the US advance out of Group A, they will play in the second semifinal match at 8 pm on March 31. The teams could also meet in the final if they advance to separate semifinals and win.

The semifinal and final matches will be played at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., on March 31 and April 2, respectively.